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The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Are you aged 14 to 24? Do you like a challenge? Then The Duke of Edinburgh's Award could be for you!

What you'll get up to

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is all about getting out there, having fun, and self-development.

There are three levels of Award you can work towards - bronze, silver, and gold. Each Award is split into four categories of activities (five categories for gold). You'll need to participate in each activity for an average of an hour a week.

Not only will you gain new skills and experiences, but the award will also look great on your CV. It is externally recognised by colleges, universities, and employers.

'Taking part in The Duke of Edinburgh's Award has given me new friends, skills, and it has broadened my horizons.'

- Molly, Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award participant.

Types of activities you could do:

  • Volunteering: providing first aid event cover, fundraising events, helping out at your local Badger sett or Cadet unit.
  • Physical: archery, climbing, kayaking, a sport or game outside of St John Ambulance.
  • Skills: first aid skills, driving skills, bicycle maintenance, Peer Education training.
  • Expedition: exploring the outdoors with other Cadets or youth organisations.
  • Residential: (Gold Award only) five nights away with other young people.

With so many activities to get involved with, the award has something for everyone!

Completing the Duke of Edinburgh's Award

You can complete the Award with us as we are a National Operating Authority of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award. We are also an Approved Activity Provider (AAP). The Award is currently offered in most parts of the country. You will need to already be a Cadet or adult volunteer to do this.

If you're completing your award with your school or another organisation, you can still complete sections of it with us. For example, volunteering or skills.

If you're interested in doing The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, please email

Become a Duke of Edinburgh's Award Leader through St John Ambulance

As a volunteer Duke of Edinburgh's Award Leader, you'll mentor and support our young people through the award programme - all while having fun! You'll be able to design your own role, whether that's providing more 'behind-the-scenes' support or using your skills such as a Mountain Leader qualification to organise an expedition in Snowdonia.



Get involved with our youth programmes

Get involved with Cadets

Contact our regional offices to find your nearest unit

Get involved with St John Ambulance youth activities

Training for Cadets

Progress to become a Peer Educator or Youth First Aider

cadet on duty

Cadet uniform

Dress to impress and find out more about our uniform guidelines

cadet uniform

Information for parents

All you need to know

Download our free Duke of Edinburgh first aid teaching resources

Want to learn first aid as part of your Duke of Edinburgh's Award? Download and print our free First Aid Self-Teach Workbook (pdf) and learn life saving skills.

First aid self-teach workbook

Download and print our handy Duke of Edinburgh scenario cards (pdf) to test your first aid knowledge.

First aid scenario cards

Download the scenario card answers (pdf).